The Revitalization & Business Initiative

The Revitalization & Business Initiative, a student led club at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, recently hosted its fourth annual conference that connects students with Detroit leaders.

The club, launched by Ross MBA students in 2010, is open to all graduate students on campus and aims to change the conversation about Detroit and raise awareness about the possibilities there. The club engages students through architectural tours, cultural events and consulting opportunities.

R&B hosts an annual conference examining key business initiatives in Detroit. The conference highlights key Detroit businesses, leaders, and initiatives that are helping to revitalize the city.

Speakers have included Dan Gilbert, chairman of Quicken Loans, Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health Systems, Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Co., Faye Nelson, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Paul Schutt, co-founder of Model D Media, Gina Reichert, artist and co-founder of Power House Productions and Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market Corp.

The group strives for impact by contributing to Detroit organizations through student-run consulting projects and motivating U-M students to choose Detroit as a career and lifestyle destination. R&B engages students with the important issues shaping the city’s future.

Believing in a bright future for the Motor City.
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